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Norma Mercer

Norma Mercer received Banner Baywood Medical Center's first lifetime achievement award in 2007. Today, the annual award bears her name.

Norma Mercer was born in 1913 and grew up in Montana. A former teacher, she and her husband Don planned to retire in Texas until a visit to Mesa along the route changed her mind. As a longtime Mesa resident, Norma always had a special place in her heart for the health care facilities in her community, believing everyone deserves good medical care close to home.

Nearly 40 years ago, Norma made charitable gifts that helped build the only hospital serving the far East Valley, now known as Banner Baywood Medical Center. Norma volunteered at the hospital for many years and helped develop philanthropic support for its programs and services. Today, emergency services are provided by the Norma E. Mercer Emergency Department at Banner Baywood. The Norma E. Mercer Chapel at the facility offers a peaceful place for spiritual care and reflection.

In 2007, Norma received the hospital's first lifetime achievement award for exemplifying the values of compassion, integrity, emphasis on people, community partnership and excellence. The annual award now bears her name. Norma pledged an estate gift to continue supporting Banner Baywood after her lifetime.